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  • Hard Science


    “Who are the hardest, bravest men and women in the history of science?” asks Ian Sample on The Guardian‘s Science Blog. The resulting list – and slideshow – make for interesting reading and the nominated scientists feature a number of… Continue reading

  • X-Ray Anniversary


    On this day 115 years ago, Wilhelm Röntgen became the first person to observe X-Rays. Like many a groundbreaking discovery, this process occurred rather fortuitously. Röntgen, a German physics professor, was in his laboratory in Wurzburg, Germany, testing if cathode… Continue reading

  • Is Mr Scarlatti there?


    While walking through the Wellcome Library stacks to view a huge painting of Galileo, a scholarly visitor from Italy accompanied by a staff member happened to pass a shelf of miscellaneous items, among which was a bronze statuette (left, Wellcome… Continue reading

  • Cataloguing of Sir John Vane’s Papers


    The papers of Sir John Vane are now available for consultation in the Wellcome Library(PP/JRV). Sir John Robert Vane (1927-2004) was an eminent pharmacologist, who published over 900 scientific papers, was joint editor of 20 books, and received over 50… Continue reading

  • Spring comes in 1807


    Today, officially, marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere: the point from which days are longer than nights, and the long winter is finally behind us. Of course, this is an artificial date: spring is not something… Continue reading

  • Digitising the archives: the Wellcome Library approach


    Like most research libraries and archives repositories, the Wellcome Library is currently planning to digitise quantities of its unique holdings and provide remote access to the digitised content over the Web. Among the many challenges that such plans present, perhaps… Continue reading

  • Proteins and Prizes


    Wellcome Image Award winner and current Wellcome Trust grant holder, Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan, has been named as one of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009. Venki’s computer-generated molecular model of a ribosome, showing its 3D structure in… Continue reading

  • Evolutionary Thinker Slams Vaccination!


    The Wellcome Library’s Archives and Manuscripts department recently purchased a manuscript letter accompanied by a printed pamphlet by Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913). This letter has been added to our small group of writings by the great naturalist, explorer, geographer, biologist… Continue reading

  • Telescope and Paintbrush in Pisa


    Galileo Galilei. Oil painting. Wellcome Library no. 45628i The summer of 2009 sees a wave of celebrations to mark the fourth centenary of Galileo’s first use of the telescope to observe celestial phenomena. In his birthplace Pisa, the exhibition Telescope… Continue reading

  • The Secret Scientists – Ibn al-Haytham


    Episode two of The Secret Scientists aired last week on the BBC World Service. Just as in the first episode, the documentary used the resources of the Wellcome Library to illuminate figures from the History of Science. In this second… Continue reading